Head & Neck Cancer Treatment
- Q Why is a dental visit needed before radiotherapy for head and neck cancer?
Of the many possible side effects of radiotherapy (radiation therapy) for head and neck cancer, osteoradionecrosis is one of the most serious. Osteoradionecrosis is the death (necrosis) of bone caused by the disruption of blood vessels due to radiation... Full Answer
- Q How does surgery treat head and neck cancer?
Surgery treats head and neck cancer by removing the tumor cells from the body. The surgeon usually tries to remove the entire tumor, plus an area of normal cells around it. This area of normal cells is often called the margin and the goal of surgery is... Full Answer
- Q How does radiation therapy treat head and neck cancer?
Radiation therapy treats head and neck cancer by delivering radiation - usually high-energy x-rays - to the tumor. This radiation kills the cancer cells. Most commonly, the radiation is produced outside the body and then directed at the appropriate body... Full Answer